Watchdog Group calls for new Federal Probe of KU; KU Medical Center implicated in Monkey Dehydration Deaths

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Friday, May 26, 2010
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)

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Watchdog Group calls for new Federal Probe of KU; KU Medical Center implicated in Monkey Dehydration Deaths  

Kansas City, KS/MO – The University of Kansas Medical Center is again under fire for potential violations of federal law. Internal records indicate that several primates may have died of dehydration due to equipment malfunctions, while others received inadequate veterinary care, with euthanasia being withheld unjustifiably.

SAEN, a government watchdog nonprofit organization based in Ohio, has filed an Official Complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture, requesting an investigation into the deaths of several primates and the veterinary treatment which they received while alive.

Internal records obtained from the University of Kansas (UK) Medical Center indicate that several primates died of dehydration during a period when watering systems at the UK were not functioning properly. A third primate death may be related.

At least one monkey was allowed to become severely debilitated without meaningful treatment. Other primates were denied timely euthanasia, causing extended suffering. Additional primates died of gastric bloat, a condition which may be related to improper diet.

The new allegations of mistreatment of animals follow previous USDA inspections which found major violations which took the lives of animals unnecessarily.

“Apparently previous USDA enforcement actions were totally ignored by University of Kansas staff, and the facility has continued to violate federal laws,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “It is criminal to allow animals to die without basic necessities like water.”

All KU internal records are available upon request.


See Also:
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
University of Kansas Medical Center faces animal cruelty complaint - 26 May 2010
Lab monkeys at KU Medical Center suffered neglect, group alleges - 26 May 2010
Animal rights group files complaint against KU Med - 26 May 2010

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